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05/08/2012 - 7:53am
Mashup: Ex-Saint Hargrove claims cover-up

According to a document revealed by Yahoo! Sports Monday, former Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove said in a sworn statement that two Saints coaches encouraged him to deny the existence of the team's bounty program to NFL investigators. Hargrove described meeting in February 2010 with then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and current assistant head coach Joe Vitt, and Williams telling Hargrove, "If we all stay on the same page, this will blow over."

Yet, with all four suspended players appealing, the denials continue to fly.

"All we know from the declaration is that a couple of coaches were in trouble and hoped for support from him," said Peter Ginsberg, attorney for suspended player Jonathan Vilma. "Anthony's declaration in no way supports that he lied, that a bounty system existed or that players participated in any kind of inappropriate program. It's a shame that the NFL needed to have mischaracterized that...

05/08/2012 - 1:47am
Sox stick with same lineup vs. Duffy
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox will use the same lineup Tuesday that helped them defeat the Royals Monday night as Boston faces Kansas City lefty Danny Duffy in the second game of their three-game series. Duffy is 2-2 this season with a 3.57 earned run average and 26 strikeouts. He allowed two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings last Thursday against the Yankees. 

1. Mike Aviles, SS

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Cody Ross, RF

5. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

7. Darnell McDonald, LF

8. Marlon Byrd, CF

9. Kelly Shoppach, C

SP -- Daniel Bard

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05/07/2012 - 11:24pm
Sox snap losing streak behind Middlebrooks

Will Middlebrooks clobbered two homers, finishing with five RBIs, while helping lead the Red Sox to an 11-5 win over the Royals in Kansas City. It marked just the sixth time in major league history a player has at least one RBI in each of his first four games. The third baseman also becomes the first player in Red Sox history to claim at least one extra-base hit in four straight games to start his big league career.

Middlebrooks, who now has three home runs and nine RBIs in the last two games, was joined by David Ortiz (3 hits, 3 runs, HR) and Dustin Pedroia (2 hits, 3 runs, HR) in helping the Red Sox snap their five-game losing streak. The Sox now stand at 12-16, the identical mark they held after 28 games last season.

The Red Sox finished with 16 hits, with Marlon Byrd and Adrian Gonzalez also coming away with multiple-hit games (2 apiece).

Picking up the win for the Red Sox was starter Felix Doubront, who pitched a career-high 6 1/3...

05/07/2012 - 8:02pm
Daisuke tosses 4 2/3 scoreless in rehab

Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, making his first appearance in Triple-A Pawtucket on his rehab assignment while working his way back from Tommy John surgery last June, tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing two hits (a single and double) and three walks while striking out four. Left-handed hitters were 0-for-9 against him. Matsuzaka required 87 pitches and threw 49 (56.3 percent) for strikes.

The outing was the third of Matsuzaka's rehab assignment. He previously appeared in High-A Salem (4 innings, 3 runs, 3 strikeouts, no walks) and Double-A Portland (4 2/3 innings, 1 run, 7 strikeouts, 2 walks). The right-hander had been slated for a rehab appearance on Friday, but that was pushed back by three days due to an issue on the left side of his neck.

Overall, in his three starts, Matsuzaka has a 2.84 ERA, 14 strikeouts and five walks in 12 2/3 innings. He has yet to pitch five complete innings, though he did reach a rehab-high in his...

05/07/2012 - 4:25pm
Pats officially announce return of Gaffney

As previously reported, the Patriots announced that wide receiver Jabar Gaffney has signed with the team. The 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pound Gaffney spent three seasons with the Patriots (2006-08) and played in 43 games with 20 starts and caught 84 passes for 1,059 yards and 8 touchdowns. A 10-year veteran of the NFL, Gaffney, 31, has played with Houston (2002-05), Patriots (2006-08), Denver (2009-10) and Washington (2011). He has played in 155 career games with 103 starts and has caught 443 passes for 5,622 yards and 24 touchdowns. Gaffney was released by Washington on May 1.

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